Friday, September 03, 2010

Free Will : Open Mic Shakespeare

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Open Mic Shakespeare

The Burren

Somerville, MA

September 11, 2010




I did this (well, attended) once, a couple of Shakespeare’s Birthdays ago.  Not this event, specifically, but an Open Shakespeare Mic Night.  A great time!

If you’re in the neighborhood, come check it out.  If my social director (i.e. wife) tells me we’re free and can swing a babysitter I’ll almost certainly be there.

If you can’t be there, feel free to answer this question: Given the opportunity to do an open mic Shakespeare performance, what would you perform?


Mark said...

I think I'd do the "Hath not a Jew eyes?" speech. I feel like I could generate a lot of emotion from that without professional rehearsal.

Alexi said...

I'd do Richard's big monolog from 3 Henry VI. "Can I do this, and cannot get a crown?/ Tut, were it farther off, I'll pluck it down." It's pretty much Richard III's supervillain origin story. ;) The best part is that everyone is familiar with the character, but not many people know the play, so I'd be able to introduce them to something both new and familiar.

Andrew Huntley said...

Tough call, but I think some Richard II would be nice, "Let us sit upon the ground"

JM said...

Alexi: Great choice. If not the best, one of the best "bad boy" monologues he ever wrote. And while "playing the chameleon", you could show versatility from the same play and back to back do Henry's "O God methinks it were a happy life"-another of my favorites.

Cherie said...

"Friends, Romans, countrymen . . ." Because it absolutely drips with ironic demagoguery.